Suffix style registration numbers

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What is a suffix style registration number?Suffix style registration numbers were introduced back in 1963, this was due to the fact that the number of vehicles on the road was continuing to grow and the dateless series of registration marks in use were being used up at a rapid rate.

For the very first time vehicle registration marks would now include a ‘year identifier’ at the end of the registration number, hence the term suffix registration. This suffix letter would now indicate the year in which the vehicle was first registered. What this meant was, the random letter and number combinations at the start of the registration number could then be used again the following year, with a fresh suffix letter at the end. Some suffix letters were never issued on the registration marks, such as the ltters I, Q, O and also the letter Z.

The suffix style system of vehicle registrations continued up to 1983, when we then ran out of letters for the suffix. This is when we then saw the introduction of the prefix style registration marks.

Suffix style registration numbers adopt the format of 3 letters followed by either 1, 2 or 3 numbers and then finally a single letter, called the suffix letter. An example of a suffix style registration mark would be KEL 5H.

How much are suffix style registration numbers worth?

Suffix style registration numbers range from just a few hundred pounds right up to figures such as £200,000 plus, it again all comes down to their overall appeal.

If the letters spell an obvious name or are popular initials then they are most likely to be worth good money, as the suffix style registrations are now considered to be ‘antique’ with some of them dating back well over 40 years.

Suffix number plates are becoming much harder to acquire as time goes on, simply because most of them were lost when the vehicles that they belonged to were scrapped. Personalised number plates were nowhere near as popular back then as they are now. This also makes the suffix style registration numbers a very good investment choice.

What determines the value of a suffix style registration number?

The fact that suffix style registration marks were issued with the numbers starting from as low as the number one, makes suffix combinations with low digits like GEM 1M highly desirable and in turn highly valuable. This is due to the fact that the number 1 is considered in general to be the most sought after number to have on a personalised registration number.

There are also many other factors which will determine the value of a suffix style registration, some combinations of suffix plates will make well known names such as DAV 1D or MEG 4N. These types of name plates will sometimes fetch in excess of £250,000.

There are also the more affordable suffix style registrations that we can offer for names, such as the obvious 3 letter names. Take registration LOU 3R, this would be a top quality suffix number plate with the sought after single number for the name Louise. The value of these ‘name style’ suffix registrations are mainly determined by the second half of the registration number, for instance the LOU 3R would be valued a lot higher than something like LOU 872R.

If the combination of letters and numbers contained in a suffix style registration mark resembles a word they will also attract very high prices. An example of this would be the suffix registration MAG 164L which would be the perfect personalised number plate for a company called MAGICAL or an individual who is a member of the Magic Circle.

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